"Shocked by the vandalism of the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Shahi Qila in Lahore . The desecration of the statue of our most respected Sikh ruler is highly reprehensible. Strongly urge the pid_gov to bring the guilty parties to reserve, "tweeted the Chief Minister of Punjab.
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- Captain Marinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) 1565750630000
The vandalization of the statue near the tomb of the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire in Shahi Qila took place on Saturday, while the fort was open to visitors. Two men broke an arm and damaged other parts of the statue.
The nine-foot cold bronze statue was unveiled at Lahore Fort in June of this year, on the occasion of the 180th anniversary of the Maharaja's death.
The statue showed the Sikh royal emperor sitting on a horse in Sikh attire, with the sword in his hand.
It had taken eight months to build the statue of the Sikh ruler seated on his favorite horse 'Kahar Bahar', a sword in his hand. The horse was a gift from Dost Muhammad Khan, founder of the Barazkai dynasty.
The statue was built and installed by the authority of the Walled City of Lahore (WCLA) in collaboration with the British Sikh Heritage Foundation.
This article appeared first (in English) on THE TIMES OF INDIA